#JERF What is it? It’s good for you.

What does JERF mean?

Just eat real food.

Simple.

What is JERF? It's Good for you

Simplifying your ‘diet’ by choosing to eat real food.

When I say diet I don’t mean some fad, I mean what you eat on the daily – your lifestyle.

Real foods are unprocessed, whole foods, close to how nature created them. They don’t usually come in a packet.

What should I include?

Vegetables, vegetables, vegetables – lots of greens. Fresh in season veges. Snap frozen veges can also be a great option. Green juice powders are an easy option to get your greens in one glass, I obvs love Deep green.

You can try growing your own vegetables & herbs.

I’m an average gardener & currently in the garden we have –

Spinach, strawberries, lettuce, spring onions, we have harvested our garlic, have pumpkins starting out, tomatoes 🍅 starting to ripen, an Indian green vegetable cooked up like spinach.

Fruit – berries are best they are low in natural sugars & packed with antioxidants.  Fruits low in natural sugars are the better option.

Meat, chicken, fish & eggs – (if you eat them) as whole as possible – eg watch for highly processed sausages, nuggets etc. You can get cheaper cuts of meat which can be slow cooked & will be just as tasty. Canned fish 🐟 is also an option just watch those ingredients, best is the type of fish + olive oil/spring water. Eggs so many ways to eat them – essential in our house. Making bone broths from your meat/fish or chicken bones is really beneficial for you & it tastes so good. Some benefits of broth here

Full fat dairy – (if you eat it) butter, cream, whole milk, cheese 🧀, Yogurt Plain unsweetened. Forget the lite additive filled c#*p, when it comes to anything.  I love the quote low fat = chemical sh*t storm, remember this!

Nuts & seeds – raw nuts, walnuts, almonds, pine nuts (actually seeds), hazelnuts etc. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds etc. Cacao – the beans, raw cacao powder. Eat them as snacks add them to yogurt for breakfast, add to salads, nut or seed butters, Tahini.

Coconut – yes it deserves its own category, it is known in the pacific as the tree of life after all. Coconut milk, cream, coconut butter, oil, young coconuts – fresh water & meat, shredded coconut, fresh grated coconut. Full of good fats.

Fats – choose good quality cold pressed olive oil -organic is even better as olives are a highly sprayed crop. Ghee, butter, coconut oil, rendered fats, lard. 

Try to avoid cheap processed vegetable oils. They contain lots of Polyunsaturated fat which is highly unstable. Polyunsaturated fats go rancid &  oxidize easily.  It’s these oxidized fats that cause inflammation in cells. Oxidation is linked to all sorts of issues from cancer, heart disease, endrometriosis, PCOS, etc. Cheap oil crops are oftened sprayed with a load of pesticides & many are GMO. Vegetable oils also have a high ratio of Omega 6, an imbalance of omega 3 & 6 also leads to disease. 

Then when you really get into this lifestyle there are a whole bunch of superfoods – Maca root, ashwahganda, lucuma & a whole bunch of crazy good stuff. (I’ll do a post on amazing superfoods soon) 

What should I be looking for when I shop?

If you are picking up your food in packets.

When you check the ingredients you want to see

A. Things you recognise, no big wordy lists, no/few additive numbers.

To find out  what the numbers on the packets stand for, check out the chemical maze book or app. Or leave me a message in the comments with your additive number & I’ll check it out for you. I have the app & book.

B. Less than 5 ingredients is ideal a la Michael Pollan.  Unless its listing whole foods, as may be in a packet of frozen vegetables.

C. No hydrogenated vegetable oils

An average meal for me would have

+ Fish/meat/chicken/egg with salad and or vegetables. Some good fats from butter, olive oil or avocado. A fresh chutney which is like a tomato salsa made fresh, guacamole, kiwifruit chutney etc or Indian pickle (achar) – mango/lemon/Apple.

We do have at least two vegetarian days a week ( for religious reasons) this excludes eating egg also.  So these days would be vege curry/stir fry, sometimes salad as well. Good fats again. Sometimes with brown rice or basmati. Chutney as above or Indian pickle (achar).

I did a post on meals I eat on the regular here

I take my vitality trio daily as well this give some me my probiotics , antioxidant goodness of berries & cacao, and my green juice fix. 

Above all be mindful when buying, cooking & eating your food.

Enjoy it – with company is always better 😊

Much love

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Buckwheat, Almond & Coconut Chocolate slice

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+ Dairy free + Gluten Free + Refined sugar free +

Here’s a recipe I created the other day inspired by My New Roots granola

Ingredients

1/2 cup of buckwheat
1/2 cup of coconut flakes
1/2 cup of almonds
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup of cocoa

Spread out the buckwheat on an oven tray & toast in the oven. Keep an eye on it and give it a stir every now & then. Also toast the coconut & almonds. Once the coconut & almonds have cooled down chop them up roughly. Mix these with the buckwheat then spread evenly in a loaf tin.

In a saucepan melt the coconut oil and honey together then add the cocoa and stir until smooth. Pour this over the coconut, buckwheat and almonds in the loaf tin. Give it a quick mix then press down so it’s even.

I added a few boysenberry pieces to the top of mine for aesthetics so if you want to do this pop the slice in the fridge for 5 mins then press some boysenberry pieces into the top of it wherever you would like. Then pop it on the freezer until hard at least 10 minutes. (If you aren’t adding any berries to the top go straight to freezer). This is so it is easy to cut up. Remove from freezer and cut into squares with a sharp knife.

Can be eaten now although it can be a bit hard so it is best to let it soften. Stored in fridge is best.

* if you find that you want a higher choc ratio in your slice then as long as you measure the coconut oil, cocoa & honey the same it should work out.

* you can pretty much add any base ingredients to the slice then just make the chocolate to pour over. Inspiration – pistachio, macadamia, walnuts, figs, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, toasted sesame seeds, dried apricots, dried cranberries…endless possibilities

Enjoy

Ginger Gem!

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Ginger is amazing its a..

Antiemetic – treats feelings of nausea

Antiviral – helps combat the common cold

Anti-inflammatory – many arthritis sufferers use ginger to help ease aches and pains

Antihistamine – helpful in the treatment of allergies

Antispasmodic – used to calm upset stomachs and provide relief from bloating, gas and diarrhoea

Anxiolytic – ginger may bind to receptors in the brain helping to reduce anxiety.

It also lowers cholesterol levels and helps prevent blood clot formation.

Add some ginger to your meals or drinks, fresh ginger keeps well in the freezer then just grate it off as you need it. Once its been frozen its really easy to just scrape the skin off.

Try this hot ginger friction rub! it’s great way to warm up on a cold day. This rub stimulates the circulation and soften the skin.

15g fresh grated ginger or dried ground ginger

250ml water

3 teaspoons almond oil

2 teaspoons witch hazel

Method:

Steep the ginger in boiling water for approximately 20 minutes. Then mix 3-4 teaspoons of the ginger water with the almond oil and witch hazel. Massage directly onto wet skin while bathing, using a loofah or coarse cloth or brush.

Organic Agriculture energy efficient

‘ The Cardiff researchers found that on average the organic production of raw food required 67% less energy than conventional methods of agriculture.  The argument that organic farming could not produce enough food is often brought up by the manufacturers who, unsurprisingly, want the world to stick to chemical agriculture and to use genetically engineered crops – especially those engineered to have a longer shelf life and to look attractive on the supermarket shelves.  But a paper from the College of Natural Resources at the University of California at Berkeley cites the results of many trials in various countries demonstrating that , in practice, organic farming yields are comparable with those from conventional chemical agriculture, so it seems likely that organic farming could provide enough food.’

An excerpt from Time to eat the dog – The real guide to sustainable living

Seasonal Eating for the end of Summer

 

In the southern hemisphere we are enjoying summer.  All the holiday celebrations can be hard on your liver. Crucerferous veges such as brocoli, sprouts and cabbage benefit the liver.  Watercress, fresh fruits, beetroot, garlic, bitter veges and green tea will also benefit liver detox pathways.

Some fantastic foods which are in season at the moment and I’ve been enjoying are.

 

Asparagus

– A natural diuretic which is great if you suffer from fluid retention

-Rich in folate, vit E, vit C. Folate helps carry carbon around the body, this mechanism constantly repairs DNA.

 

Avocado

– Provides nearly 20 essential nutrients including fibre, potassium, vit E, folate.  The good fats in Avos act as a nutrient booster helping the body absorb fat soluable nutrients such as beta carotene and lutein.

 

Kale

– Rich in sulphur – containing phytonutrients which research indicates have the capacity to help fight cancer. Great source of beta carotene and calcium

 

Watercress

– Contains iron, calcium, folic acid, vit A, vit C and iodine. Best eaten in its natural state fresh and crisp.

 

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Spirulina – richest source of nutrition in the world

Spirulina contains over 100 synergistic nutrients and is the single richest and most complete source of total organic nutrition in the world!

As natures richest whole food source of Bio-chelated Organic Iron, its 58 times richer than raw spinach and 28 times richer than raw beef liver! It is also natures richest whole food source of Beta Carotene (Pro-vitimin A) being 25 times richer than raw carrots!

Spirulina is one of nature’s near-perfect foods, as it is up to 70 percent protein by weight and is rich in B vitamins (including B-12), minerals, GLA, natural iodine and phycocyanin

  • “Spirulina was found to have very positive effects for radiation sickness when given to children exposed to radiation after the Chernobyl nuclear accident
  • Many studies have found that Spirulina can serve as a “radiation shield,” helping protect your thyroid gland, strengthen your immune system and blood, protect your kidneys, and bind to heavy radioactive isotopes so they can be more quickly eliminated from your body
  • While spirulina is an excellent source of nutrition, you must be very careful about its source, since it can be contaminated with heavy metals and other environmental pollutants” (www.mercola.com)

Certified Organic Spirulina is in both the Deep Green Alkalising Superfood and Inliven Probiotic Superfood.